How Do You Like Your Speed?

A brief guide to the lat­est ex­otics

Sharp - - CARS - By Matt Bub­bers

SHAKEN:

LAM­BORGH­INI HU­RACÁN PERFORMANTE Do you re­ally need an­other brightly coloured Lam­borgh­ini with a big wing? Aren’t you tired of that gra­tu­itous ex­cess yet?

To that we say: hell no! Have you ever turned into a cor­ner at over 200 km/h while brak­ing and felt the rear wheels go light? In that mo­ment, the car seems to float across the pave­ment and your brain goes numb.

No? Well, my friends, that’s liv­ing. You never get tired of that feel­ing. The point of said big wing on this par­tic­u­lar Lam­borgh­ini — the Hu­racán Performante — is to get you, me, and any other mere mor­tal to that knife edge where the car floats be­tween in and out of con­trol. The Performante lives in the dan­ger zone.

The reg­u­lar Hu­racán is a tad soft — a flashy cruiser. This one is a race car with li­cense plates. The clever folks in the fac­tory in Sant’agata in­vented a very bril­liant thing — of­fi­cially Aero­d­i­nam­ica Lam­borgh­ini At­tiva, but you can just call it magic — that har­nesses air flow­ing over the car to keep it sta­ble. It varies air­flow on ei­ther side in­de­pen­dently many times per sec­ond to make the car do the im­pos­si­ble. This new tech­nol­ogy is why the Performante is among the fastest su­per­cars around the Nür­bur­gring, able to beat cars with nearly dou­ble its horse­power and triple its price tag.

You and I are mere tourists in the dan­ger zone. The Performante’s bril­liant aero­dy­namic trick­ery — the likes of which have never been seen on any road­go­ing car be­fore — are what al­lows us to visit. It’s easy to drive faster than you ever thought pos­si­ble be­cause this Lambo al­ways feels so sta­ble. It re­acts with light­ning re­flexes and cleans up your clumsy mis­takes, let­ting its driver sim­ply en­joy the mo­ment. The dan­ger zone, with­out the dan­ger. Mav­er­ick and Ice­man, eat your hearts out.

STIRRED:

AS­TON MARTIN DB11 V8 Meet the most beau­ti­ful car in the world. As­ton Martin’s DB11 is all but guar­an­teed to send any­one who sets eyes on it off in pur­suit of an MBA and a big­ger pay­cheque. Designer Merek Re­ich­man de­serves a knight­hood for this no­ble work.

The car’s on­line con­fig­u­ra­tor — which lets you au­di­tion com­bi­na­tions of leather in­te­rior, con­trast stitch­ing, and two-tone paint — is bor­der­line NSFW. Log on and there goes your work­day.

And not that we need an­other rea­son to love the DB11, but there are now two of them. The range-top­ping V12 is joined by a V8 model. But be­fore you write the new model off as sec­ond-best, you should know that it’s ac­tu­ally the bet­ter driver of the pair. Hear us out.

It’s all about weight. The DB11 V8 is 115 kilo­grams lighter, with most of the weight com­ing off the front axle. It han­dles sharper, carv­ing corners with new­found pre­ci­sion — with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the cushy sus­pen­sion that makes the DB11 such an ex­cel­lent daily driver.

True, the V8 isn’t as strong. It has “only” 503 horse­power com­pared to 600 from the V12. But be­cause the V8 is lighter, it’s just 0.1 sec­onds slower from 0 to 100 km/h, do­ing that sprint in four sec­onds flat. Un­like the V12, which was de­signed in-house, the new V8 is lifted from Mercedes-amg. A Ger­man en­gine in a Bri­tish car: old fuddy-dud­dies may choke on their pipes, but it’s a per­fect pair­ing.

The hard­est ques­tion, the one we’ve been avoid­ing, is which DB11 should you get? That’s like try­ing to choose be­tween your chil­dren, so don’t. We’d get both. Now, if you’ll ex­cuse us, we’ve got to go study if we’re go­ing to get that Devry MBA.

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